Just a reminder to all pitcher’s in the MLB this season: just because Dan Uggla doesn’t hit for a high average, that doesn’t mean he can’t hurt you when he does connect. The Phillies learned that lesson the hard way yesterday as Atlanta’s second baseman hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the top of the ninth to give the Braves a 9-6 win against Philly.
Uggla may have hit the last home run for Atlanta in the game, but he certainly wasn’t the first or the only one. For the Phillies, poor B.J. Rosenberg was responsible for back-to-back-to-back homers by Atlanta, all in the eighth inning.
Catcher Evan Gattis hit his first homer in the sixth and the other in the eighth inning. Before Uggla’s granny in the ninth, he also homered in the eighth and then shortstop Andrelton Simmons completed Rosenberg’s terrible outing with a solo shot of his own.
On the other side of the ball, Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana, had a quality start. He went six innings, allowed four hits and just one earned run. He walked two Phillies but struck out 11 of them in his 96 pitches.
Santana looked to be in line for his second straight win when Philly’s bats finally woke up in the eighth inning and scored five runs against Luis Avilan to give them a 6-5 lead. Fortunately, Atlanta was able to bounce back from the rough half inning.
BJ Upton started out the ninth by walking on four straight pitches. A failed fielder’s choice put Freddie Freeman on first with Upton on second. Then younger brother Justin Upton walked, just like BJ and the bases were juiced.
From there El Oso Blanco struck out for the Braves. Then came Uggla who took a 98 mph fastball into the left field seats, giving Atlanta a three-run lead, allowing Avilan to pick up the win despite giving up the five runs the previous inning and David Carpenter was able to pick up his first save of the season.
Atlanta plays Philly again today for the second of four games. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm EST.